Netflix Releases Anime Short From Anime Creators’ Base

Image source: Netflix Japan YouTube channel

Netflix has uploaded an original anime short titled The Dog and The Boy on YouTube. The anime was produced by the Netflix Anime Creators’ Base with Production I.G and WIT Studio credited for support.

The video, which follows a robot dog and its relationship with a bespectacled boy, features the song “AINOUTA” by sasakure.UK feat. AI-Code “M.” Ryoutarou Makihara (Vampire in the Garden director) served as director, storyboarder, key animator, and art director. Concept artist Mathias Demongeot provided the character designs and CG animation.

Some of the other credits include Koji Tanaka (The Deer King) as composite director and Yuko Fujita as color supervisor. Notably, the background design is credited to “AI (+Human).” rinna Co., Ltd is credited as AI Development company.

Netflix said in a newsroom post that the production of The Dog and The Boy, which began in 2022, ran in parallel with efforts to develop anime background generation tools. The post also said (via in-browser translation), “As the shortage of human resources in the animation industry is seen as an issue, we hope that this initiative will contribute to the realization of a flexible animation production process through appropriate support for creators using the latest technology.”

In 2020, Sunrise (now Bandai Namco Filmworks) established a school to train background artists and offer graduates the chance to work at the studio (it previously set up a similar school for animators in 2005), noting that recent years had seen an increasing shortage of background art staff across the industry. That same year, animator and character designer Terumi Nishii told ITmedia in an interview that aside from animators, there was also a manpower shortage among background art staff and other departments due to the amount of anime series being produced.

Anime Creators’ Base was set up in 2021 with the stated goal of providing long-term support for anime production. It is located in Netflix’s Tokyo office. Variety reported at the time that it was meant to “help steer creators with developing conceptual art.” A video tour showed off the space’s Writers’ Garage, Designers’ Garage, and The Lab, with the third room being intended for testing technologies like VR.

Update: Added the background designer credit for The Dog and The Boy and a paragraph on the shortage of background art staff.


Source: Netflix Japan YouTube channel

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